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The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa

Coast Charaxes butterfly

Afrikaans name: Satier-dubbelstert

Underwing view of a Coast Charaxes

Coast Charaxes butterfly

Photo © Steven Herbert

Charaxes ethalion

The male Coast Charaxes is smaller than the female. The female can have a wingspan of up to 6 cm.

The colouring of this species is quite variable. The upperside of the wing is blackish to black.

The Coast Charaxes is found along the eastern edge of the country from Oribi Gorge to Kruger National Park.

Its preferred habitats are coastal forest and woodland.

Its larvae feed on Flat Crown and Flame-Thorn trees.

The Coast Charaxes is also known as the Satyr emperor.

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References and further reading

Butterflies of Southern Africa - A field guide - Author: Mark Williams - Year Published: 1994 - Page: 107

Butterflies of the Kruger National Park - Author: Johan Kloppers and the late Dr. G. Van Son - Year Published: 1978 - Page: 83

Familiar South African Butterflies - Author: Clive Quickelberge - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 23

Field Guide to Butterflies of South Africa - Author: Steve Woodhall - Year Published: 2005 - Page: 112

Gardening for Butterflies - Author: Steve Woodhall & Lindsay Gray - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 44

Ivor Migdoll's Field Guide to the Butterflies of Southern Africa - Author: Ivor Migdoll - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 162

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